Television sports commentator Sonny Jurgensen, former quarterback of the Washington Redskins, yesterday lost his driver's license for two months and was fined $350 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of drunken driving.
"Sonny's just a regular guy like the rest of us," said his lawyer, Martin A. Gannon, after Jurgensen's brief appearance in Alexandria General District Court. "These things can happen."
The arrest last year marked the third time that Jurgensen, 45, a sportscaster for WDVM-TV and CBS Sports, has been arrested on drunk driving charges since 1972.
Yesterday Assistant City Attorney Louis M. Sussholz recommended that Judge T. S. Colby impose only the $350 fine. Jurgensen had completed a 10-hour course on the dangers of driving after drinking that the judge ordered earlier, Sussholz said.
Additionally, Jurgensen voluntarily had completed a course in defensive driving, Sussholz said.
But Colby suspended Jurgensen's license for 60 days, as well as imposing the fine, stating that this was a penalty warranted by the case. Jurgensen could have received a $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail for his guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge.
On Aug. 30, 1978, Jurgensen pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to a reduced charge of speeding after being charged with drunk driving. He negotiated a plea bargain arrangement in which he helped inner-city children in sports programs as his penalty.
Drunk driving charges aganst him in Maryland in 1972 were dropped when he agreed to attend a safe drivers' class.